Clear your calendars, grab your green, and head on over to the 35th annual Raleigh St. Patrick’s Day Parade this Saturday, March 11th!
The parade kicks the day off at 10am, starting on North Wilmington Street and continuing down to South Salisbury Street. Line up along the sidewalk to see all that this year’s parade has lined up! Rumor on the street is you’ll see some Irish dancing, bagpipe playing, and a whole lot of traditional Irish attire!
Don’t leave after the parade though, because the party will just be getting started! Stick around for the Wearin’ ‘O the Green Festival in City Plaza, starting at the conclusion of the parade and continuing until 5:30pm!
This festival will be fun for all ages… There will be plenty of live music, dancing, and eating! Bring the kids on over to Leprechaun Lane to play on the bounce house and ride the kiddie rides! For those of you who love to shop, no worries, there will be plenty there for you too! A variety of vendors will be set up all over the festival. And for you music lovers, the Shamrock ‘n Roll Stage will be filled with music from 9 Times Around, Ewes Tree, and headliner Enter the Haggis!
Did you say 35 years? Yes, we sure did!
The Raleigh St. Patrick’s Day Parade started 35 years ago, in 1983 with a dozen Irish-Americans walking down Wilmington Street to celebrate the cultural and religious holiday. When John McIntyre, organizer of the first parade, was transferred to Germany in 1988, he asked the Raleigh Friends of Ireland (FOI) to continue the work they had started 5 years prior. And here we are now, 35 years later, celebrating in the same fashion John started many moons ago.
So, grab your family, your friends, and your dog (on a leash, of course!) and head over to downtown Raleigh this Saturday morning for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade!
Festival Entertainment Schedule:
NC State Pipe Band
Tríonóide Academy of Irish Dance
Lynn-O'Grady Quinlan-Connick Academy of Irish Dance
Inis Cairde School of Irish Dance
Rince Go Halainn
Erin Bartow Highland Dancers and Annandale Center Scottish Dance
Irish Session - all musicians welcome
Find all this and more at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade website.